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I am currently in my 4th week of an abdominal complete hysterectomy.
Has anyone experienced a lot of intestinal problems? Is this normal? Mine started after surgery with the problem of not being able to pass gas or have a bowel movement, which I know is normal. I actually went back to the ER, as I was afraid I had a blockage. I didn't and they had me drink something to clear my intestines out. Of course, that caused diarrea and then I had a lot of cramping in my intestines. My family doctor said the hospital overdid it and he gave me a prescription for spasms and that seemed to work. This happened during my 1st and 2nd week.
I'm still having intestinal problems which started right at the beginning of my 4th week. My abdomen is tender and my family doctor told me to start taking the pills again for intestinal spasms, and if I didn't feel better by Monday (tomorrow), they wanted to see me.
This morning I woke up with terrible gas pains and then had diarrea again. I was told I had a lot of scar tissue and they actually had to peel my uterus off of my bladder.
I am not overdoing it at all - don't feel well enough to do so.
I had an emergency appendectomy on March 1. It required a large abdominal incision also as they had to do exploratory surgery. I bounced back from that so much quicker.
Is all of this normal, or should I be concerned?
Personally, I think you need to see an expert a gastro. I've had gastro problems post op, but not with the bowels. My gyn did not even attempt to treat my gastro problems. He thought I might have Gastritis, when the gastro diagnosed me as having GERD, acid Reflux. This is why my gyn only addresses gyn problems. In my opinion, you have seen your GP several times for the same issue, it's time for an expert.
If you need a referral, ask your GP tomorrow. If not, ask both your GP and your gyn for names of GOOD gastro.
Nancs, I had problems "going" for about 7 weeks...until the effects of radiation set in. I was typically VERY backed up (wouldn't go for 4-5 days). Most of the over-the-counter meds that help move things end up giving one diarreah. I found for my "back up" issues that mineral oil before bed (every-other-night or every 2nd night) helped the following morning. Eating fresh fruit, yogurt, fruit juice helped also. Just don't over do it if things aren't working fast enough! That's how you go from 1 extreme to the other!
As for gas, a lot of women have used GasX. Avoid carbonated drinks, beans, fresh veggies...all known for increasing gas pain.
Also, make sure you aren't bouncing back and forth between laxatives and things to stop you up. Try the B.R.A.T. diet for today (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) and see if that helps.
ANd as always, call your doc in the morning to let him know what's going on!
I'm so sorry you are experiencing this. It is worse than the actual surgery, isn't it? I had some gastro problems (but not to the extent you are). My gas pains were so intense prior to my B.M. and whenever I ate something that I had to bite on a towel until the pain passed. I radically modified my diet to include the B.R.A.T. foods as Vega mentioned and drank alot of water. And then I woke up yesterday with NOOOOO gas at all and my system seems to be back to normal. I read somewhere that it takes a while sometimes for the intenstines to "settle in" after surgery especially when the uterus is gone. I think that was true in my case. It was as if overnight I was feeling 100% better. Do you think all the meds you have been taking might be confusing your system too? It's so hard to know, isn't it? It gets quite frustrating but thank God we have this site to talk to other sisters. I hope you get to feeling better soon. Let us know what happens, ok?
I also had a problem with my uterus stuck to my bladder. I also had a abdominal complete hysterectomy. I hope you can get thing back on track for yourself. I had bowel movement problems to for at least the first 3 weeks it getting a little better for me now.
Thanks so much for all of your helpful information. I will ask my GP tomorrow about a specialist. And you're certainly right - the ob/gyn doesn't really want to deal with any of these problems. It really helps to know that others have had the same problems I'm having.